UPDATE: The Rockies just issued a statement saying Nicasio has been released from the hospital and “is resting comfortably at home in Denver.” Great news.
Struck in the head by a line drive Friday night, Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio remains hospitalized following surgery to repair a broken neck but “is definitely moving in the right direction,” according to manager Jim Tracy.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Nicasio “was mobile again, with assistance, for the second consecutive day Tuesday” and “was able to speak briefly on the phone with his mother.”
Renck describes Nicasio’s progress as “incremental improvement” from the fractured vertebra in his neck, which teammate Troy Tulowitzki called “the scariest thing he has ever witnessed on a baseball field.”
CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that a team claimed Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson on trade waivers, but the two clubs were unable to work out a deal. As a result, the Phillies pulled Hellickson back from trade waivers, which means he’s ineligible to be traded for the rest of the season.
Hellickson, 29, has had a nice bounce-back season after three poor years from 2013-15. He’s 10-8 with a 3.80 ERA and a 131/36 K/BB ratio in 154 innings.
The Phillies could attempt to re-sign Hellickson in the offseason. It’s also possible the club makes a qualifying offer — estimated to be worth $16.7 million — so that the Phillies will at least get back a compensatory draft pick if Hellickson opts to sign elsewhere.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was ejected by home plate umpire Mike Everitt after he struck out looking in the bottom of the sixth inning of Saturday’s game against the Angels. He had a brief conversation with Everitt, which resulted in Martinez getting ejected.
MLive.com’s Evan Boodbery spoke to Martinez about what happened and got a word-for-word recollection of what happened. If you’ve ever wondered what umpires and players say to each other during their arguments, here’s a look:
No one has ever accused umpires of having thick skin.
Martinez finished the game 1-for-3. After an 0-for-4 performance on Sunday, he’s hitting .315/.377/.561 with 18 home runs and 52 RBI in 385 plate appearances.